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Re: Nano: disable hard wrapping by default

From: Leo Famulari
Subject: Re: Nano: disable hard wrapping by default
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2018 13:20:24 -0500
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On Tue, Nov 06, 2018 at 07:43:21PM +0100, swedebugia wrote:
> Could we disable it by default?
> According to the FAQ this exist:
> "With --disable-wrapping-as-root you can disable any hard-wrapping by
> default when the user is root, useful to prevent accidentally changing long
> lines in system configuration files."
> "  --disable-wrapping      Disable all hard-wrapping of text"

In general, we don't change upstream defaults in Guix except when it's
required for portability or to fix really egregious problems (i.e.
security bugs). This is different from distros like Debian that
basically fork the software and make a huge number of changes to suit
the package maintainer's taste.

This keeps package maintenance relatively easy for us and ensures that
important changes get pushed upstream so that all users can benefit.

Having said that, this line wrapping thing is a very bad default, and I
think we should change it. Nano is one of the editors in the GuixSD
installer. It needs to be easy to use.

If we change the default in our package, we need to file a bug upstream:

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